Arts and Culture

Turner thrives in Shondaland
Turner thrives in Shondaland
When the American television series Scandal — called The Fixer in South Africa — wrapped up its last episode, it also...
Mahlangu leads by example
Mahlangu leads by example
Shallow calabashes filled with clay and cow dung sit on the stoep of a hut on a farm just outside Middelburg in the late 1940s.
Steely resolve, unrelenting gaze
Steely resolve, unrelenting gaze
A huge, framed photographic collage dominates a wall in the lounge of Peter Magubane’s house. It looms large, to the right of the photographer,...
SA’s self-publishing rock stars
SA’s self-publishing rock stars
‘It’s a story about friendship, hair, self-esteem and affirmation,” says Lebohang Masango, author of Mpumi’s Magic Beads, her...
KZN Heritage Ensemble: History gets a voice
KZN Heritage Ensemble: History gets a voice
‘Around 1985, when I was about six years old, we would herd cattle in the hills,” says vocalist and cultural researcher Mbuso Khoza. “I grew...
Mx Blouse and the new-age genre-busters
Mx Blouse and the new-age genre-busters
The local music industry is undergoing a huge change. From the fringes, a new set of rules is slowly emerging, favouring individuality, unrestrained creativity and a break from a rigid obsession with prepackaged genres....
A snapshot of Sam Nzima
A snapshot of Sam Nzima
I hardly remember the drive to Sam Nzima’s house in Lilydale, Bushbuckridge, in 2014, but I can recall a few things about the day itself. Nzima,...
The Weekend guide
The Weekend guide
Masters of Modernism at Keyes Art Mile: The 2018 season of Art & Design Saturday at Keyes Art Mile brings together new...
The bitter pill of being just to a meanie
The bitter pill of being just to a meanie
I knew I wasn’t over it when a tear cascaded out of my right eye in the depth of the night as we flew over the Algerian mountains towards home....
The art of taxi art
The art of taxi art
In 2014, as a part of the Joburg Photo Umbrella at the Market Photo Workshop, taxis were covered with works from photographer Jerry Gaegane’s...
Following 'Black Matter' on roads less travelled
Following 'Black Matter' on roads less travelled
The road to eternal salvation is supposedly filled with pastors, tithes and fasting. It is much like the road from Johannesburg to Maputo, filled...
Ancestry: The ultimate selfie
Ancestry: The ultimate selfie
I have never felt compelled to investigate the history of my bloodline further than the generations just before my grandparents.
Childish Gambino shows us America
Childish Gambino shows us America
It starts in a well-lit, empty hangar, with only a guitar placed on a chair. A man walks in, takes a seat and starts to strums the guitar. At first...

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